Argentine Cinema and National Identity (1966-1976)

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Argentine Cinema and National Identity (1966-1976)

Liverpool Latin American Studies, 16


January 5th, 2018


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Argentine Cinema and National Identity covers the development of Argentine cinema since the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, a period that has been understudied. This essential cultural history delves on the dialect tradition versus modernity that was in place during those years and also comprises an examination of the political economy of film production as well as the different laws, including that implementing censorship that regulated this cultural industry. It also pays particular attention to two historical film genres: the historical film genre per se and the gauchesque, a genre based on outlaw gauchos that was crucial for nation-building in the nineteenth century. This volume investigates the way Argentine cinema positioned itself when facing the competition of glossy American films and resorted to the historical and gauchesque to bridge the stark divisions between the Argentine left and right in the late 1960s.


'Argentine Cinema and National Identity is an extensively researched and well-written book that reconstructs a key period in Argentine history through the lens of a corpus of films that is largely underexplored and overlooked.'
Jordana Blejmar, University of Liverpool

'Carolina Rocha succeeds in offering fresh insights into cinematic representations of competing visions of Argentine collective identities during a decade characterized by political upheavals that culminated in the brutal dictatorship of 1976. With a keen eye for detail, she never loses sight of the main arguments, which she conveys in a clear and flowing prose.'
Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University

'In this ambitious volume, Rocha combines the methodologies of the film scholar and the film historian to examine the Argentine motion-picture industry during a volatile period in the nation’s cultural and political spheres [...] Providing relevant historical context for her observations, Rocha furthers understanding of an understudied period in Argentine cinema.'

Author Information

Carolina Rocha is Professor in Spanish at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 2014 she received the Fulbright Scholar Award from the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Section I: Argentine History and National Cinema, 1955–197625
1 Political and Social Tensions in Post-1955 Argentina26
2 Argentine Cinema in the Late 1950s and Early 1960s37
3 Argentine Cinema, 1966–197351
4 Argentine Cinema, 1973–197671
Section II: The Cinematic Gauchesque83
5 Martín Fierro93
6 Don Segundo Sombra105
7 Santos Vega116
8 Juan Moreira121
9 Los guachos judíos132
Section III: Representing Founding Fathers141
10 Looking for a National Hero144
11 Güemes, la tierra en armas169
12 Bajo el signo de la patria190
13 Juan Manuel de Rosas208
Bibliography 231